These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Missouri


We used science and data to determine which cities in Missouri that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Missouri does this very well. Families love the Show Me State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Missouri that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state. After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Missouri:

  1. Ladue (Photos)
  2. Town And Country (Photos)
  3. Clayton (Photos)
  4. Sunset Hills (Photos)
  5. Glendale (Photos)
  6. Weldon Spring (Photos)
  7. Creve Coeur (Photos)
  8. Des Peres (Photos)
  9. Wildwood (Photos)
  10. Chesterfield (Photos)

If you’re wondering, Dexter is the most affordable city in Missouri.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Missouri.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities In Missouri

There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Missouri to figure out which is the most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 120 places in Missouri that have more than 5,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Ladue, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Ladue

Ladue, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,549
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 341
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

2. Town And Country

Source: Google Maps

Population: 10,890
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 299
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

3. Clayton

Clayton, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,912
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 269
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

4. Sunset Hills

Sunset Hills, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,523
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 198
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

5. Glendale

Glendale, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,926
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 189
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

6. Weldon Spring

Weldon Spring, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 5,496
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 187
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

7. Creve Coeur

Creve Coeur, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,841
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 182
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

8. Des Peres

Des Peres, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 8,443
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 173
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

9. Wildwood

Wildwood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,701
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 171
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

10. Chesterfield

Chesterfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,651
Services Index: 97
Groceries Index: 101
Housing Index: 161
Healthcare Index: 101
Transportation Index: 92
Utilities Index: 114

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Missouri that have the highest cost of living, with Ladue ranking as the most exensive city in the Show Me State.

If you’re curious, here are the most least expensive cities in Missouri:

  1. Dexter
  2. Kennett
  3. Poplar Bluff

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Missouri

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Ladue 1 8,549 97 101 101 341 92 114
Town And Country 2 10,890 97 101 101 299 92 114
Clayton 3 15,912 97 101 101 269 92 114
Sunset Hills 4 8,523 97 101 101 198 92 114
Glendale 5 5,926 97 101 101 189 92 114
Weldon Spring 6 5,496 97 101 101 187 92 114
Creve Coeur 7 17,841 97 101 101 182 92 114
Des Peres 8 8,443 97 101 101 173 92 114
Wildwood 9 35,701 97 101 101 171 92 114
Chesterfield 10 47,651 97 101 101 161 92 114
Olivette 11 7,809 97 101 101 149 92 114
Dardenne Prairie 12 12,116 97 101 101 135 92 114
Webster Groves 13 23,084 97 101 101 131 92 114
Ellisville 14 9,162 97 101 101 129 92 114
Richmond Heights 15 8,526 97 101 101 126 92 114
Kirkwood 16 27,587 97 101 101 124 92 114
Parkville 17 5,811 103 89 99 152 87 93
Ballwin 18 30,478 97 101 101 123 92 114
Eureka 19 10,375 97 101 101 119 92 114
Manchester 20 18,125 97 101 101 112 92 114
O’Fallon 21 81,978 97 101 101 108 92 114
Wentzville 22 31,591 97 101 101 107 92 114
Brentwood 23 8,048 97 101 101 106 92 114
University City 24 35,226 97 101 101 103 92 114
Crestwood 25 11,934 97 101 101 102 92 114
Valley Park 26 6,980 97 101 101 99 92 114
Lee’S Summit 27 92,813 103 89 99 104 87 93
Raymore 28 19,576 103 89 99 104 87 93
Shrewsbury 29 6,217 97 101 101 94 92 114
Greenwood 30 5,322 103 89 99 101 87 93
Bridgeton 31 11,654 97 101 101 90 92 114
Maryland Heights 32 27,420 97 101 101 88 92 114
Arnold 33 21,020 97 101 101 85 92 114
Branson 34 10,942 99 100 94 91 83 103
Columbia 35 113,155 101 96 99 91 83 97
Washington 36 13,982 97 101 101 84 92 114
Kearney 37 8,845 103 89 99 93 87 93
Black Jack 38 6,924 97 101 101 83 92 114
Smithville 39 8,791 103 89 99 90 87 93
Grain Valley 40 13,037 103 89 99 90 87 93
Liberty 41 29,806 103 89 99 88 87 93
Blue Springs 42 53,053 103 89 99 88 87 93
Nixa 43 19,821 99 100 94 81 83 103
Pleasant Hill 44 8,173 103 89 99 84 87 93
Jackson 45 14,221 97 101 101 77 92 114
Troy 46 11,015 97 101 101 76 92 114
Maplewood 47 7,987 97 101 101 76 92 114
Festus 48 11,740 97 101 101 74 92 114
Union 49 10,517 97 101 101 73 92 114
Pacific 50 6,047 97 101 101 73 92 114
Belton 51 23,197 103 89 99 80 87 93
Ozark 52 18,369 99 100 94 76 83 103
Kansas City 53 465,005 103 89 99 79 87 93
Hazelwood 54 25,671 97 101 101 72 92 114
Warrenton 55 7,974 97 101 101 72 92 114
Florissant 56 52,353 97 101 101 71 92 114
Cape Girardeau 57 38,665 97 101 101 71 92 114
Warrensburg 58 19,548 103 89 99 78 87 93
Dellwood 59 5,010 97 101 101 71 92 114
Gladstone 60 26,032 103 89 99 77 87 93
Battlefield 61 5,759 99 100 94 74 83 103
Bellefontaine Neighbors 62 10,823 97 101 101 68 92 114
Republic 63 15,222 99 100 94 73 83 103
Farmington 64 17,213 97 101 101 66 92 114
Overland 65 16,043 97 101 101 65 92 114
Oak Grove 66 7,747 103 89 99 74 87 93
Sullivan 67 7,058 97 101 101 64 92 114
Willard 68 5,395 99 100 94 71 83 103
Ferguson 69 21,151 97 101 101 64 92 114
Jefferson City 70 43,184 98 96 99 72 87 99
Harrisonville 71 10,019 103 89 99 73 87 93
Carl Junction 72 7,511 94 89 90 75 87 119
Odessa 73 5,237 103 89 99 71 87 93
Perryville 74 8,280 97 101 101 61 92 114
Pevely 75 5,566 97 101 101 60 92 114
Raytown 76 29,520 103 89 99 68 87 93
Bolivar 77 10,443 99 100 94 63 83 103
Springfield 78 162,333 99 100 94 63 83 103
Independence 79 117,160 103 89 99 66 87 93
Berkeley 80 9,120 97 101 101 59 92 114
Grandview 81 24,860 103 89 99 65 87 93
Rolla 82 19,808 98 96 99 62 87 99
De Soto 83 6,449 97 101 101 57 92 114
Marshfield 84 6,789 99 100 94 61 83 103
Fulton 85 12,791 101 96 99 61 83 97
Savannah 86 5,101 103 89 99 63 87 93
Jennings 87 14,730 97 101 101 55 92 114
West Plains 88 12,176 99 100 94 59 83 103
Richmond 89 5,702 103 89 99 62 87 93
Maryville 90 12,018 95 95 102 63 96 91
Boonville 91 8,320 101 96 99 59 83 97
Cameron 92 10,008 103 89 99 61 87 93
Excelsior Springs 93 11,391 103 89 99 61 87 93
Lebanon 94 14,595 99 100 94 57 83 103
Monett 95 8,935 94 89 90 62 87 119
Sedalia 96 21,429 101 96 99 56 83 97
Clinton 97 9,014 103 89 99 58 87 93
Bonne Terre 98 7,025 97 101 101 49 92 114
Mexico 99 11,555 101 96 99 54 83 97
Chillicothe 100 8,528 103 89 99 56 87 93

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